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Climate: A New Story

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Flipping the script on climate change, Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction

With research and insight, Charles Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality. With an entire chapter
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by North Atlantic Books
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Doug Della pietra
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This has been both one of the most challenging and disturbing books and the most visionary, compassionate, and holistic writings on climate, environment, Humanity and our Species that I have ever read.

Having previously adopted a mechanistic and quantitative approach to climate change and global warming, Charles Eisenstein’s invitation to consider our world and relationships through a different narrative — one of Interbeing instead of Separation — challenged the very place from which I had found
Bryan Winchell
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, if you are concerned about the converging crises of the ecology and the economy, and the social and political ills that trouble the modern world, Charles Eisenstein is one of the most important voices out there.

In this book, he dares to expand the conversation around climate change from one that is increasingly ineffective because it is based on motivating us to act by using our fear of mortality and a horrible, climate-damaged world to one that recognizes that climate change is
Noah Skocilich
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eisenstein’s greatest work to date.

Completely reframed my understanding of climate change.

So grateful for this book, and Charles’ work writing it.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't going to review this book, because I like Charles Eisenstein and I appreciate what he's trying to do in general with his career, to integrate humans better with the natural world. With a spiritual bent, Eisenstein has also inspired people around the world to think more creatively, to open their hearts and to make positive changes in their personal lives. For that, he should be encouraged and applauded.

So, when I found his book on climate change frustrating, I was just going to let it
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“If we want a living world, we have to act from the place where the world is alive.”

— Charles Eisenstein
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The climate crisis isn't new and there isn't a one-fits-all cure or a miraculous technological solution (if not there wouldn't be a crisis). But Eisenstein's holistic perspectives in this book serve as urgent reminders of why every facet of society has to work towards the same goal. A lot of drive has to start organically from ground up, and I'm appreciative of his views on the commercial aspects.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been listening to Charles Eisenstein for a long time. I've read most of his books and feel pretty much the same way about this one as I do about all the others. Some of it is great and some is just really terrible. I honestly love about half of what he says. He really does get a lot of the things that everyone else is missing. Unfortunately, I can't stand the other half. And from my experience, it's the bad half that his readers seem to be most influenced by. I've been recommending Sacred ...more
C.J. Shane
Charles Eisenstein’s book Climate: A New Story is full of compassion and insight about human alienation from the natural world that has led to our current climate crisis. His is fundamentally a book of philosophy that challenges readers to reevaluate many widely-held cultural beliefs and assumptions that could very well end up killing us and everything on the planet. Philosophy books are not easy to read. Readers must be willing to read carefully and to do some serious self-reflection to fully ...more
Narayan Silva
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a visionary work and very different from most of what I’ve been reading on climate change and sustainability in the last years.

Without trying to adjust to any mainstream view on how to deal with the incredibly complex issues we have created as a society, he invites us to totally change the questions we’ve been asking ourselves in order to get to the root of the problem.

While walking through the different views and nuances around our current state of unsustainability, we are invited to
Camia Young
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading 'The Uninhabitable Earth' I needed some way to see a way forward. 'Climate: A New Story' is the antidote to the overwhelming crisis we face. I appreciate it is not a silver bullet but a shift in our world view and consciousness. Charles Eisenstein taps into our innate intuition and draws out the essence of life as a way to heal our past and create a path where all life flourishes in an abundant matrix of inter related ecosystems. A must read if you are looking for answers and ways ...more
Abilasha Bhohi
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives a really interesting and insightful perspective on how we should look and tackle climate change. Eisenstein has such an awe and a love for the earth and it’s ecology which is hugely inspiring for the reader. Despite the challenges we face with global warming it’s his optimism in providing and focussing on solutions which makes this book one worth reading!
Rachel Greenberger
Climate has taken me six months (and I consume books). Dense with interwoven ideas on densely interconnected subjects, it required many pauses.

Charles Eisenstein points to so many doors and windows that I have long sensed might be there but could never really see. In relation to planetary doom, instead, I've grown accustomed to tightness, listlessness, and doubt. All his pointing in these pages has let some fresh air in.

Changing stories - or even considering a new one - is no small task. It
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eisenstein advocates for less focus on co2 and more focus on the heart center of environmental activism - protecting local ecosystems. There is a strong argument in here about framing, that unfortunately occasionally gets undermined by his enthusiasm for trendy, anti-scientific tangents. :-/
Sarah Flynn
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A shifter, this book is. That is, it will shift your understanding and perspective on climate change. And that’s saying a lot for me, I have been a climate activist for a while, have read and learned extensively about the issue, and have a background in both science and philosophy. My point being that I didn’t really expect to read anything at this point in e game that would dramatically change my fundamental understanding of the issue.
But this book did just that. And that’s what I loved about
Ganesh Ubuntu
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a story of a drunk man who lost his keys in a middle of a night and decided to search under a street lamp because it was too dark in the place where he has actually dropped them. The main argument of 'Climate: A New Story' states that we are following the same pattern when we reduce the mind-boggling complexity of the environmental issues into a single metric - the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. In this book Charles argues that focusing on a single factor is not only reducing ...more
This is a useful book for those just starting to understand climate change. Eisenstein does a good job of providing an overview of the systems issues that result in global warming: environmental degradation and mismanagement, and the role of modern capitalism in driving these changes. He wants to shift the focus of climate change discussions from the simplistic emphasis on reducing CO2 emissions, to a broader recognition of how modernity and notions of progress figure at the root of not just ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, I really did. But it's a very worrying read. It's so bad in fact, it's hard to know where to start writing a review.

It's just so full of exagerrated strawman arguments, misrepresentations of science and the scientific method, vague language (eg "war thinking" and "money thinking"), and excessive use of capitalisation (eg Story of Interbeing, Story of the World, Age of War, Age of Separation, Other, the mind that is steeped in Separation etc). Why do new age writers
Anton Autushka
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a fresh new look on the climate change. What is climate change after all? Is it all about CO2, the Arctic methane monster, solar panels, sustainable development and Tesla’s mission to save the world through more consumption? Not really, the author claims. It’s all about us, humans, destroying our habitat, our forests and lakes and wetlands, the whole web of life. The book itself feels quite repetitive and meandering, if you have read the other books by the author you pretty much know what ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an extremely thought-provoking book, which radically challenges mainstream environmental narratives without dismissing the seriousness of the current ecological crisis - if anything Eisenstein takes it more seriously.

There were various parts of this book which I did not agree with, or on occasion, did not understand. However, I found Eisenstein's basic argument ultimately compelling. He suggests that we ought to focus as much on the protection and restoration of valuable ecosystems
Charles Eisenstein expresses so many things that I have felt for so long.
My only thought is that there are many folks who have expressed similar philosophies before him - Joanna Macy, Thomas Barry, Wendell Berry, many Buddhists and so on. He is fabulous at pulling stats from scientists into his bibliography, but other than Thich Nhat Hahn, he doesn't reference any of the deep thinkers who have worked through much of this. But in the end though he struggles to articulate it in the beginning and
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may sound strange but if you are weary of reading books about climate change, Climate: A New Story by Charles Eisenstein could be just the book for you.

“Here is what I want everyone in the climate change movement to hear: People are not going to be frightened into caring.” —Charles Eisenstein

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Adam Johnson
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully compelling vision, tangible and pragmatic Nd inspiring all at once, of a world healed through humanity. It captures the hope and the logic of local, community building action.

Built around the concept of Interbeing, this vision calls for us to do what we can to nurture the world, to bring beauty and wholeness.

I will continue retuning to this book for insights.
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore how this book thinks holistically about climate, and connects it directly to caring for other beings in all forms. It’s solution focused and didn’t make me want to cry in a pile on the floor, which I greatly appreciated.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I read in 2018. Flips climate talk on its head and offers exactly what is in the title, a new story. Well researched and beautifully put together, a must read for every resident of this amazing planet we live on.
Joann Amidon
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will challenge you to look at everything through different lenses, considering the connection of all. It is an excellent book for a thoughtful, meaningful discussion on climate change.
Robert Redecker
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very optimistic alternative view point.
Dominique Hes
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the approach of this book
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Eisenstein presents a novel framing of climate change and popular environmentalism; however, is long winded to the point I couldn't finish.
Justin Sikkema
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read for everyone concerned about the health of our planet
Marjorie Faulstich
I didn't love everything in this book but I think it makes a really important paradigm-shifting argument.
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Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Writing in Ode magazine's "25 Intelligent Optimists" issue, ...more
“ of the addictions--more fundamental than the addiction to fossil fuels--that we are going to have to give up is the addiction to fighting. Then we can examine the ground conditions that produce an endless supply of enemies to fight.
The addiction to fighting draws from a perception of the world as composed of enemies: indifferent forces of nature tending toward entropy, and hostile competitors seeking to further their reproductive or economic self-interest over our own. In a world of competitors, well-being comes through domination. In a world of random natural forces, well-being comes through control. War is the mentality of control in its most extreme form. Kill the enemy--the weeds, the pests, the terrorists, the germs--and the problem is solved once and for all.”
“We never were separate from nature and never will be, but the dominant culture on earth has long imagined itself to be apart from nature and destined one day to transcend it. We have lived in a mythology of separation.” 1 likes
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